/ Spinal surgery and return to climbing
Has anyone else had similar? How long did your recovery take?
Don't know if Tiggs is still posting, but she's had spinal surgery and still climbs, as far as I know.
Depends on what they do with it. Make sure you talk to the physio about it when you get your rehab regime. Plenty of core stuff is a good idea even before the surgery, but make sure you do it properly so you aren't adding pressure to the disc.
Is surgery definitely the only option?
I had a severely herniated disc about 5 years ago. Having previously re-habilitated a similar (but less severe) injury 10 years before that without surgery, I was very keen to avoid going under the knife this time, but after several ostoes and physios told me I really needed to see a surgeon, I went to see one and get an MRI done. I was lucky in that I got one was also a very keen sportsman. He told me that he could do the surgery, and guarantee to correct the problem, but as the procedure is rather invasive, even if it went perfectly he could not guarantee that it wouldn't cause other issues, possibly permanent, that might affect my sports. On the basis that your disks can regenerate on their own up to about the age of 60, I decided to stick with conservative treatment, with the backup of knowing that if the pain really did get to much for me, I could go get it resolved.
Took me about 6 to 8 months to be back in training (although it was pretty paintful, about 18 months before I was training relatively pain free). As hard as it was at the time, now that I'm fixed I'm glad I didn't take the surgery option.
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